2009 Washington Post Digital Workshop for Young Journalists

Eight Students Examine the Recession's Impact on Youth

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eight Washington-area high school students spent five days at washingtonpost.com learning about multimedia journalism, gathering content and creating a report examining the impact of the recession on the employment, education and volunteerism. Meet the students who comprised the 2009 class of The Washington Post Digital Workshop for Young Journalists.

2008 High School Journalism Workshop
Front Row (l-r): Nina Gonzalez, Stafford High School (Va.); Aishwarya Venkat, Annadale High School (Va.); Lynda Nguyen, Benjamin Banneker High School (D.C.); Hojung Lee, Mount Hebron High School (Md.). Back Row (l-r): Naveed Siddiqui, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Md.); Adam Turay, South County Secondary School (Va.); Alex Vinci, Bishop McNamara High School (Md.); Nikki Kaul, McLean High School (Va.).

Arvin AhmadiNina Gonzalez is a rising senior in the Commonwealth Governors School at Stafford High School in Falmouth, Va. During the week, she runs with the cross country team and completes a round of golf before 11 a.m. Aside from sports, she is editor of her school literary magazine, and managing co-editor and online editor of her high school newspaper The Smoke Signal. Additionally, she is an intern for The Freelance-Star's youth section, it! She wants to become a journalist and travel the world.

Alex AltskanNikki Kaul is a rising junior at McLean High School in McLean, Va. In addition to being the news editor of her school's news publication, The Highlander, she will also be Undersecretary-General for the Model United Nations Club at her school and plays on the school's tennis team. She plays the piano and enjoys running, listening to music and meeting new people. She had a brief introduction to journalism prior to joining her school's editorial staff, but now is ardent about journalism and hopes to pursue it throughout her high school career.

Ariana BrunoriHojung Lee is a rising senior at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md. She gained journalistic skills from the Baltimore Sun Minority High School Journalism Program and Urban Journalism Workshop. For the past two years, she has challenged herself by participating in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program and Asian American Journalist Association's Journalism Camp. She currently works as a staff writer at Young D.C. and plans to continue with journalism. She also likes to paint and listen to Korean pop music.

Taylor DankmyerLynda Nguyen is a rising senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. Apart from contributing to Banneker Train of Thought school paper for the past two years, Lynda is involved in a variety of school organizations and activities, including debate and student government. She believes in the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, "People only see what they are prepared to see."

Tiffany MyrgaNaveed Siddiqui is a rising senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. He will be the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Raider, and will also serve as president of the National Honor Society during the upcoming school year. He is a passionate sports fan and hopes to one day apply his love for sports to journalism as a sportscaster.

Corinna PanAdam Turay is a rising high school senior at South County Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of his school paper, The South County Courier, and has been on the staff since freshman year. In addition to journalism, he participates in It's Academic at school. Adam is an avid musician; he plays guitar and keyboards in a band with friends from school.

Teresa VenturaAishwarya Venkat is a rising senior at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va. and one of the in-depth editors of her school newspaper, The A-Blast. She moved to the United States in 2004 and can fluently speak English, Tamil and Hindi. She is currently learning French and is very interested in foreign affairs. She has also been interested in journalism since the eighth grade. She hopes to become a journalist.

Tabitha Peyton WoodAlexandra Vinci is a rising junior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. She started working at her school newspaper, The Stampede, during her sophomore year. Ever since she has had an interest in reading the latest news, she hopes to one day be a reporter. Besides journalism, she enjoys playing the piano, as well as soccer and lacrosse.

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